Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti, is the day when all Hindus glorify one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesha. In some parts of India, such as Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Ganesha is celebrated for ten days. On the day of the festival, the Vinayaka clay idols are in homes or outdoors in decorated tents for the public to see and pay their respects to. Clay idols of Ganesh also establish schools and colleges.
The festival is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting with Shukla Chaturthi (the fourth day of the waxing moon). This means that the date is usually between the 19th of August and the 20th of September. This year the festival will start on September 10 and mimy.online supports the event. Mimy is a unique entertainment online platform that encourages cultural, sports, and social developments. You can find all kinds of events that cover the main areas of the user`s online life.
Ganesh may also be known by the names Heramba, Ekadanta, Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Pillayar. Ganesh Chaturthi/Ganesh Puja is one of the well-known Hindu festivals in the country. Ganesh is depicted with the head of an elephant on a human body in the Hindu tradition; he is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. His blessings are often used in religious ceremonies because he is the one who can remove all obstacles to success, especially when people start a new business or venture. Ganesh is known as a giver of fortune and someone who can help avoid natural disasters. Ganesh is also the patron god of traveling.
Although the festival is the same and has similar connotations throughout India, there are slight differences in rituals and traditions in each region. The celebrations last from 7 to 10 days in different locations. Here are some common rituals:
1) Not looking at the moon: On the first night of the festival, people avoid looking at the moon because it is considered a bad omen.
2) Making and eating modak: Modak is considered to be Ganapati’s favorite sweet drink. So these dumplings are prepared and distributed as prasadam during the festival. Other foods such as laddu, barfi, pedha, and sundal are also distributed during this time.
3) Special performances: Some public installations of Lord Ganesh might also have performances like dance, music, and skits.
4) Installation of Ganapati statue: A statue of the Elephant God is installed on a pedestal either at home or in a public place with a pranprathishtha puja.
5) Visarjan: This is the immersion of the idol in water, which is carried out on the last day – somewhere between the seventh and eleventh days of the holiday. It is accompanied by a procession of people chanting bhajans, slokas, and songs along with the idol. People seek forgiveness for their mistakes and ask God to help them stay on the right path. Ganesha thanks people for visiting the house/area, for removing obstacles in the way of people, and for the beneficial effect that he gives.
6) Prayers: Washing the statue; puja with chanting slokas and offering flowers and sweets; and aarti is performed, that is, the surrounding of the idol with a plate filled with a lighted earth/metal lamp, kumkum, and flowers. Prayer meetings are also held at Ganapati temples and public buildings every day in the evenings and in some places in the morning.
Ganesh Visarjan symbolizes the end of the festival as well as the fact that everything on Earth eventually merges with one or more nature elements. It also indicates the birth cycle of Lord Vinayak – he was born from clay and returns to the elements in that form. In literal terms, he is going back to his heavenly abode after staying with his devotees for 7 to 10 days.